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Bluffton High School Class of 1963 celebrates 60th reunion

The Bluffton High School class of 1963 celebrated their 60th class reunion at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton on Friday evening, September 15, followed by a brunch on the following morning.

In person attendance:

1st Row: Pauline Kinsinger, Edie Watts, Linda Baber Zwinski, Deanna Beach Essinger

2nd Row: Brenda Moser, Sharlene Lanning Antritt, Betty Thomas Basinger, Linda Steinman Inbody, Nancy Luginbuhl Frick

Back Row: Bob Blank, Al Traucht, Brice Balmer, Lynn Basinger, Jerry Weaver, Bob Badertscher, Rodger Benroth, Rich Bucher, Ken Lugibihl, Marvin Augsburger, Norman Reichenbach  

Joining the group via Zoom were Diana Hilty Marshall, Coletta Lora Wiebe, Connie Habegger Briggs and Midori Oyamada Shimada.


What Pirates are wearing for Homecoming spirit week

Monday? Jersey Day.... Tuesday? Wild West.... Wednesday? Disney Day.... Thursday? Picture Perfect.... Friday? Arrrr. It's Pirate Day. Wear your best school spirit and school colors.

Also on Friday: Homecoming parade at 5:30 p.m., then cheer on the Pirates football team when they take on Crestview.


Fourth graders observe 9/11 at the Bluffton Fire Department

View a video of the visit HERE.

By Paula Scott

Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania shook the nation? Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2023?


AMBS honors Weaver with Alumni Ministry and Service recognition

By Virginia A. Hostetler for AMBS

ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary)—J. Denny Weaver, PhD, of Madison, Wisconsin; Martha Smith Good, DMin, of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada; and Peter Stucky, MDiv, of Bogotá, Colombia are the 2023 recipients of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s (AMBS) Alumni Ministry and Service Recognition. 


Go Buckeyes!

The following article is by naturalist Beth Theisen, who retired from the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District in August after 13 years of service. Theisen provided Nature Pals, Go Outside & Play, Imaginature Playgroup, and Just For Kids Stream Stroll programs as well as numerous school programs and summer day camps.

The park district notes, "Beth’s dedication, compassion, creativity and love for environmental education will be greatly missed. Congratulations and best wishes on your next chapter! We’ll miss you!"


Pandora-Gilboa Homecoming Court for 2023

The Pandora-Gilboa Local Schools are celebrating Homecoming this week and have announced the following homecoming court members, pictured left-right, top-bottom:

Conner Gerten, freshman; Tyler Pugh, junior; Colin Harris, senior; Aidan Morris, senior; Tanner Liechty, senior; Camden Verhoff; sophomore

Laira Parkins, freshman; Anna Kempf, junior; Raegan Krohn, senior; Anna Parkins, senior; Eliana Hixen, senior; Claire Stall; sophomore